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RURAL INDIA STILL SEEKS EDUCATION

If there is one weapon that can change the face of Rural India – it is the empowerment of the youth that begins with education. Archana Tripathi joins us with a report that compels one to believe that neither the government nor the leaders are doing justice to education in rural India compelling one to believe that Rural India – is depressed and failed. “The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.” —- Diogenes John F. Kennedy had said that our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. If that’s the case, the nation has to go miles and miles before the complete progress is achieved. Because, hardly 60 per cent of the rural population is literate and the dropout rate for children is as high as 50 per cent well before they reach the fifth standard. When NMTV News’ Archana Tripathi traveled to Phanaswadi tribal hamlet ahead of Panvel – the reality was no different than this – if not worse. Children of Phanaswadi do not go to school except for Ramdas – a student of Std. 2nd. But since there is no government school at Phanaswadi for students, Ramdas walks for over an hour to reach the school at Khairvani village. While Ramdas battles the odds to attain education, the same does not stand true for the other children who want to study but cannot. According to statistics nearly 65 per cent of the villages do not have a proper school and even where there are `schools,’ like this one at Kharvani where Ramdas goes to study, the school was shut. We were then told horror stories of the teacher coming thrice a year just for the record. The National Policy on specifies priority to opening primary schools in tribal areas while the “Elementary and Adult Education for the Xth Five Year Plan (2002-07)” emphasizes the need to improve the quality of education of tribal children. Education scenario in rural India is a mockery of these policies and schemes though the biggest sham is the government’s “Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan” that somewhere has still not touched Phanaswadi like villages. Someone wise once said that “education is a producer of wealth, in a large sense, which leads to prosperity, which in turn leads to a high civilization.” But we are yet to learn this lesson. The Indian Constitution assigns special status to tribal communities but unfortunately the guardians of the constitution have failed every Ramdas that lives in every corner of rural India. With cameraperson Dyaneshwar Mali, Archana Tripathi – NMTV News. “What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like and this is the love that tribal hamlets of rural India await – until then while one India will celebrate Independence Day, another India living in these hamlets will continue its struggle for freedom. With Monika Bhosale, Sana Warsia for NMTV News”.

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